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Copper Sky (1957)

 -  Western  -  September 1957 (USA)
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A Boston schoolmarm out west meets the sole survivor of a massacre, a drunk in jail.

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Complete credited cast:
Jeff Morrow ...
Haxon 'Hack' Williams
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Nora Hayes
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Pokey
Paul Brinegar ...
Charlie Martin
John Pickard ...
Trooper Hadley
Patrick O'Moore ...
Colonel Thurston (as Pat O'Moore)
Jack Lomas ...
Lawson
William Hamel ...
Trumble (as Bill Hamel)
Dorothy Schuyler ...
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Alcoholic former cavalryman Hack Williams is arrested for killing an Indian, something he did not do. The townspeople, fearful of Apache reprisals, plan to hang Williams in hopes of heading off an attack. But the attack comes and Hack, locked in his jail cell, is the only survivor as a massacre occurs. Into the scene of carnage arrives schoolteacher Nora Haynes. Together she and Williams must find a way to reach safety before another Indian attack. But the pair are by no means well-matched, and their trip alone across the desert is not destined to be an easy one. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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September 1957 (USA)  »

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If this story line sounds familiar, it's because this was a B-version rewrite of the classic The African Queen (1951) starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, albeit in a different setting. See more »

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Nora Haynes: Mr. Williams, I know nothing of what you've been talking about, nor does it matter at this time. The important thing is that you and I have found ourselves in the midst of a disaster. Something has to be done. What? What are we going to do?
Haxon 'Hack' Williams: We, lady?
Nora Haynes: We, Mr. Williams. Most certainly something has to be done.
Haxon 'Hack' Williams: Yeah.
Nora Haynes: What?
Haxon 'Hack' Williams: What.
Nora Haynes: Your intentions?
Haxon 'Hack' Williams: A quick departure, lady.
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Referenced in Chappaqua (1966) See more »

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Copper Sky
Written by Raoul Kraushaar, Joseph Hooven (as Joe Hooven) and Marilyn Hooven
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13 June 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The first problem that Copper Sky has is that when you give a film a title of that with all the images of desert heat that the mind conjures up, color would have been essential. But this was a B western and the budget just didn't call for it.

That was a pity because this could have gotten a notch or two higher in the ratings from me. Pedestrian direction was also a problem. The obvious comparison to The African Queen has been made by many. Let's not forget that in addition to Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, The African Queen also had the services of John Huston.

Jeff Morrow plays a former cavalryman jailed for shooting an Apache because he was in the vicinity of the killing and scheduled to be hanged. But an interesting twist of fate as Morrow is locked in his cell passed out dead drunk, the entire town is massacred with him the only survivor. I'm still trying to figure out how he got out of the locked cell.

But he did whereupon he runs into new school teacher Coleen Gray, fresh from Boston and experiencing her first encounter with hostile Apaches. The two are forced together by circumstance to seek shelter and safety and to do it they have to cross the desert.

Like Hepburn and Bogey, Morrow and Gray are on screen together most of the film and they have the burden carrying it. A director like John Huston would have helped enormously.

Copper Sky is a decent enough programmer, but it had potential that was squandered.


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